Silversmithing & Jewellery Design

During this five-day course, you'll learn metalwork jewellery making techniques, including saw piercing, soldering, ring making, bezel setting and texturing, as you make four jewellery items to take home.

Through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on application, Sarah will help you understand the materials, tools and methods used in traditional metalwork jewellery.

Practice foundation techniques of saw piercing, filing, drilling and hand polishing to make a pendant from brass sheet.

Using these skills, make a soldered ring from sterling silver, texturing the surface using hammers and stamping tools.

To further refine your skills, you’ll move on to make a sterling silver ring with a bezel set cabochon stone.

The final major work will utilise all the techniques Sarah has taught during the course – designing and making a pendant from sterling silver, with saw pierced and textured details, set with a bezel set cabochon stone.

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Course Info

No prior experience required.

To be supplied by participant

Finepoint permanent marker such as Sharpie Ultrafine

Pens, pencils, notebook

Hair tie for long hair

Closed shoes, no sandals or thongs

Reading or close work glasses if you use them

Old handtowel

 

Supplied by the tutor

A kit of materials will be provided for students, including brass sheet, sterling silver sheet and wire profiles for all projects, a choice of cabochon gemstones for the two bezel projects, sawblades and emery paper.

Other materials and tools provided to be used during class include solder, flux, gas, drills, polishing equipment, hammers and hand tools.

 
Cost

There is a materials cost of $190 per student. Students will need to contact Sarah to organise pre-payment.

Sarah Whitlock
Course Tutor

Sarah Whitlock

Sarah Whitlock is a Sydney-based jewellery and object designer and maker.

Sarah’s eye for detail and passion for materials is apparent in all she makes – from sterling silver teapots and trinket boxes to bold but intricate earrings. She favours techniques of saw-piercing and gem setting using unique stones and precious metals.

Sarah began making jewellery at age thirteen.She sold her beaded earrings and necklaces to classmates and her father sold a selection in his workplace. In year eleven, she and her mother’s successful stall at Newtown Art Market, sold jewellery and her mother’s artworks.

Sarah holds an Associate Diploma of Arts – Jewellery & Object Design at the Sydney Institute of Technology. In 2011 Sarah was appointed as a TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Ambassador as part of the college’s 120th-anniversary celebrations.

Within year of graduation, she launched her jewellery design business Flying Lobster Jewellery. She has had twenty-seven years of making one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery, including custom wedding and engagement rings and remodelling heirlooms. Collaborating with her artist mother, their wearable works of art are featured in solo and group exhibitions.

Sarah makes custom accessories for Australian film and television, including Puberty Blues and Janet King. A high-profile project was the gold immunity pins for Masterchef Australia.

She sells her work from her studio as well as through art galleries in NSW and Victoria.

Sarah began teaching silver jewellery at Bankstown Community College, followed by Sydney Community College. She has an SCC  Tutor Long Service award and in 2003 received the Outstanding Tutor Award from NSW Adult Learners’ Week. Sarah has delivered jewellery courses in Athens, Greece, at Kuringai Art Centre and Wilandra Art Centre and within the Juvenile Justice system at Yasmar.

Sarah is an industry trainer and continues to privately teach hands-on jewellery courses, as well as with Sydney Art School, Sydney Jewellery School, Macquarie Community College and St George and Sutherland Community College.

Sarah lives in western Sydney with her husband of twenty-four years and her sweet little cat.